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Environment Council

Environment Council
Date: 05.06.2008
Venue: Luxembourg
Policy area: Environment
Type of event: Council of Ministers

The EU Environment Council will meet on 5 June 2008 in Luxembourg. Chaired by the Slovenian Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning, Janez Podobnik, the debate will focus in particular on three agenda items. The ministers will discuss progress on the climate-energy legislative package, the proposal for a Regulation on CO2 emissions from motor vehicles and the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

As the basis for the debate on the climate-energy legislative package, the Slovenian Presidency has prepared a progress report, which gives an overview of the key issues and, in particular, the issues outstanding. It is important that the differences between the Member States in their positions on individual issues do not in any way interfere with the fundamental EU guidelines on development towards a low-carbon society. On the basis of the debate in the Council on 5 June 2008, the Presidency will make the necessary amendments to the package.

So far, the Council has carried out work on the climate-energy legislative package in close cooperation with the Commission and the European Parliament, which is a good reference for the future, too.

The issue of CO2 emissions is also related to the climate-energy legislative package but also attracts a lot of public attention as it refers to planned technological changes to cars. The ministers will discuss the scope and nature of measures aimed at significantly reducing the CO2 emissions from motor vehicles in the coming years.

They will also talk about genetically modified organisms, their use and restriction of use, a matter for which the proper scientific bases are required.



Council adopts regulation on export and import of dangerous chemicals  114 KB.

Press Releases:

Main points of the press conference following the EU Environment Council Meeting.


Agenda of the Environment Council  124 KB.

Background Information:

Background information for the Environment Council  147 KB.

Council Conclusions:

Environment Council: Conclusions - Press Release  205 KB.

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Date: 23.06.2008